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Perry County Sheriff's Office

Lieutenant Job Description

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The purpose of the General Order is to establish guidelines regarding the authority, duties, and responsibilities of the Lieutenant of the Perry County Sheriff's Office (PCSO).


This General Order and the authority designated hereby shall apply to the persons appointed as Lieutenant in the PCSO.


The Lieutenant, under the direction of the Chief Deputy or Sheriff, shall plan, direct and evaluate the activities of a specific division with the Sheriff's Office.


A.  Responsibilities

    1. Serve on the Command Staff of the Sheriff's Office
    2. Protect life and property
    3. Prevent and suppress criminal activity
    4. Apprehend violators o0f the law
    5. Preserve public peach and order.
    6. Assist in establishing policy and procedure as it pertains to the PCSO.
    7. Plans, coordinates, directs and evaluates the activities and staff of an assigned division.
    8. Conducts research and strategic planning functions for the division.
    9. Evaluates and analyzes division problems and implements solutions.
    10. Reviews deputy shootings for compliance with regulations
    11. Investigates and resolves complex or sensitive citizen complaints.
    12. Coordinates and attends community meetings with citizens.
    13. Responsible for identifying and coordinating training of division personnel.
    14. Responds to major crime scenes or incidents as needed.
    15. Acts in the absence of the Chief Deputy
    16. Performs other related duties as assigned.



A.  Knowledge of:

    1. Theories, principles and practices of modern police administration and law enforcement methods.
    2. County government organization, administration, and the geography of the County.
    3. Effective management and supervisory practices.
    4. Federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies governing law enforcement operations.

B.  Skill in:

Use of firearms and other PCSO equipment.

C.  Ability to:

    1. Plan and organize the operations and staff of a division of the Sheriff's Office.
    2. Analyze law enforcement issues and either effect resolution or prepare recommendations.
    3. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of Sheriff's Office personnel, county officials, others in law enforcement and the general public.
    4. Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
    5. Operate computerized law enforcement data entry and retrieval systems.



  1. Meet Tennessee Peace Officers and Standards minimum standards for law enforcement officer.
  2. Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.